If you haven’t been a car enthusiast since you could see or don’t know much of anything about cars, this article is for you. Buying your first car, or any car for that matter can be confusing if you don’t know what you want. To start the process of knowing what you want, you need to know what type of car you want to drive. Consider the following types of cars to help you make that decision.
Hatchback – This is a car with either 3 or 5 doors. The rear door swings up to a space for cargo. They have economical engines and are usually small to medium-sized.
Sedan – These are the cars you tend to see most often with families. It has 4 doors and a trunk. They are mostly for transporting people and not really cargo. Many do, however, have spacious trunks.
Wagon – These are a larger sort of hatchback but also similar to the design of a sedan. It offers larger cargo space that is accessed through an up-swinging rear door. Many have the features to turn the back cargo area into extra seating space for passengers.
Crossover – This type of car has a combination of features from SUVs and hatchbacks. They feature larger wheels and are often made to look like off-road vehicles even though they are mainly designed for public roads.
SUV – These are the actual off-road vehicles compared to the crossover. They are often confused because they look similar. However, the SUV has larger wheels, four-wheel drive, sturdy chassis, and brutal designs.
Truck – Trucks are mostly used for commercial purposes or for personal use where lots of cargo is involved. They have a passenger cabin which can seat either 2 or 4 people. The back of the truck is an open flatbed with a loading gate at the back.
Van – These are the vehicles people refer to as the ‘soccer mom’ car. It is mainly designed to transport larger amounts of people.
Sports cars, coupes, and convertibles are mostly two-door vehicles that can only carry two passengers. They are not well-suited for people transport and are often to the higher-end of the price range.
Many people don’t really know what to do when they test drive a car. Most probably just go to the dealer, say yes to the test drive and drive around the block. This is not the ideal way to do it. If you are considering buying a car, keep these things in mind when you test drive the car. It will help you know what to look for and what to do before and during the test drive.
Learn more about the car. Before going for a test drive, do some research on the car or cars that you are considering. Find out about its features and have questions ready to ask the sales person.
Take your time. Set out enough time for the test drive as you don’t want to rush it. Take your time and enjoy the drive.
Let the sales person show you things work. Allow the sales person to drive first so he or she can show you the car’s features and how everything works. This way you will enjoy it more when you drive and feel more comfortable.
Adjust things to be comfortable. Once you are in the driver’s seat, make adjustments to the seat, mirrors, and steering wheel to make you comfortable. This will also help your decision-making. An uncomfortable seating position could spoil the whole process.
Try out different areas. When you go for the test drive try and drive where there are circles, speed bumps, winding roads, and parking lots. This will give you a complete idea of how the car drives.
Drive like you already bought it. If you are going for a test drive, you have most likely decided already. Drive the car like you own it. Stick to the law, but push the limits of the car and try out all the buttons and features. If it feels like yours, it will be yours.
The last thing to consider is that you should drive at least a few miles to really get the feel for a car. Around the block is not sufficient. If you do these things before and during the test drive, you will be much happier with your decision.
You have decided to buy a new car, or maybe your first car. But where to go? There are many car dealerships that offer and promise a variety of things. We have a few steps you can take to make sure you find a good and trustworthy dealership that will not scam you. If you follow these steps, you will have an enjoyable car buying experience.
Do research. It is always important to gather as much information as you can. Use the Internet to find reviews and opinions about the dealerships you are considering. Visit Better Business Bureau and JD Power.
Choose experience. Companies who have been around for a long time are usually the good ones. To stay in business for many years takes good business skills. The companies who have been around for a long time has the most experience in buying and selling cars and knowing what is good quality. You want one of these experienced companies.
Compare prices. Contact the different dealerships and compare their prices for the car models that you are interested in. Compare the pre-owned and new models and their prices. You can do a lot of these comparisons online.
Customer perks. Some dealerships offer customer perks like car washes, loaner cars when your car is being serviced, pick-up and drop-off services, or free oil changes. These perks are an effort to attract loyalty and repeat service.
Look at the facility. Evaluate the structure, professionalism, cleanliness, and maintenance of the dealership. Does everything look in a good condition and clean? Are the staff friendly and professional? These things will tell you a lot about the company and whether you want to do business with them.
Evaluate the service. You want to have good service that is not aggressive or pushy. There needs to be a balance between prompt and valuable service and forcing a potential buyer to buy a car they may not want.
In the end of this process, you should have a good idea of which dealership you would like to start a relationship with. It becomes a relationship because you will have to return for services and repairs. If you feel good about what you know and see, you have found the right dealership for you.